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🎵 Man, I forgot how much I love Stanley Turrentine’s playing…especially the Blue Note recordings with Blue Mitchell and Sugar (the first CTI album)…and anything else with Freddie Hubbard.

Politics do/don’t kill people in the same way guns do/don’t kill people. I’m neither celebrating nor saddened by Cain’s death. I am sad for others he likely infected, without consent, through his choice of selfishness and denial of science →

There are many good reasons not to require students to turn their cameras on, but in Zoom, at least, the potential trauma of the mirror image (cf isn’t one of them. Just show them how to disable self-view (

Representative Dolt @RepLouieGohmert is operating on a whole different level of stupid:

“I can’t help but think that if I hadn’t been wearing a mask so much in the last 10 days or so, I really wonder if I would have gotten it.”

‘Tis the season for promotion of repetitive keynote presentations…so many words saying so little, built on the back of straw men — straw hobby horses, really — promoted by people who should know better (or are afraid to not be seen cheerleading).

The Microsoft Teams everyone is talking about must be different than the MS Teams I have used. My Microsoft Teams is, like most MS products, a half-wraith imitation of better products. Microsoft always has the right idea, executed poorly. AI design masquerading as human, maybe.

Eduardo Corral in conversation with Ocean Vuong…and a copy of Eduardo’s new book with a signed book plate? Sign me up! Oh wait, I just did. You should too.

Have any of you done the (apocryphally attributed) Warren Buffet 5/25 exercise?? I feel like I’m doing it wrong…I have pretty diverse interests, but coming up with 25 is hard. Maybe I’m not being specific enough.

♫ Best albums of 2020 so far, imo, (what are yours?) are from: Run the Jewels, Taylor Swift, Car Seat Headrest, Caribou, Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, Westerman, Ghostpoet, Laura Marling, Drakeo the Ruler, Royca da 5’9”, Makaya McCraven, Lil Baby, Pinegrove, and Soccer Mommy

Mickey Kaus couldn’t name three people who were “cancelled” if you offered him all of the Trump wall he lusts after. Why? Because CANCEL CULTURE DOES NOT EXIST. If Mickey is so afraid of consequences for his speech, maybe he shouldn’t try so hard to be a public commentator.

I generally like, and recommend!, the @bookwormfm podcast (though it can go kind of loooong), but…when speaking about/to passion, look up the concept of etymological fallacies. There are 99 problems with the “follow your passion” idea, but etymology ain’t one.

I already knew Dave Grohl was pretty awesome in music and in life…but I never would have expected him to take Betsy DeVos and the administration to task about education at all, much less this thoroughly and convincingly. →

I love newsletters. I’ve published a weekly for 5+ years and a daily for nearly 3 (neither monetized and never will be). I pay for a lot of content. But I’ve yet to pay for a single newsletter. I haven’t even been tempted (though I might be if it were on paper :). Not sure why.

📚 Finished Tyll (Daniel Kehlmann; trans. by Ross Benjamin). An enthralling—sometimes brutal—magical realist take on the Thirty Years’ War and the myth of Tyll Eulenspiegel, neither of which I knew much about (now I want to know more). Adding Kehlmann’s other books to my list!

I find it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between new ideas that make so much sense it just feels like I already knew/had them and ideas that I truly already knew/had. This apparent nowhere as much as when listening to educational pundits.

Do you ever feel like you don’t know why you do the things you do, but you keep doing them anyway? I guess that’s the “one step at a time thing.” Yeah.

If stores don’t want to have mask requirements to “reduce friction” with employees, is it OK if I just take my good out without a shirt (no one wants to see that) or shoes? Leave without paying? Eat what I want in store? Rules aren’t that hard, you retail mgmt dolts.

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